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Why Mom Friends Are So Important

You guys, I have to tell you something. And it’s something that you already know.

Being a mom is one of the greatest joys you’ll ever have. And it’s also one of the hardest. 

Sometimes, I feel like the world is pushing on me to put forth this image of motherhood perfection. Because that’s what you see across a lot of social media, blogs, media and the like. That push makes it so easy to feel like you’re alone in your parenting fears, fails, and hard moments. But…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 15, 2015 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

Baby Life: The Things You Obsess About When You’re a Mom

I always find it hard to start calling a baby by their name. Is that weird? It’s like, for so long they were just “the baby.” And then they become this real person with a real name. And it takes a while to get used to the change.

When Ricky was born, it felt so strange to call him Ricky. Probably because that’s what I called my husband. I tried calling him RJ for a while, and Rick hated that. So as I transitioned into calling him “Ricky,” I started to call the hubs “Rick.”

Now…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 14, 2015 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

Win a Medela Freestyle Double Breast Pump!

Yesterday I told you guys about my own newborn necessities, which have become totally imperative to life with two kids. But there was one thing I left off of my list, partly because I was saving it for it’s very own special post.

For breastfeeding mamas, a fantastic breast pump is an absolute necessity. And where breast pumps are concerned, Medela is the best.

I know that…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 6, 2015 at 9:54pm — 1 Comment

Newborn Life: 5 Essentials to Make Life Easier

Recovering from this pregnancy has been oddly easier than my last two. Not that I’m that far out from the gate – it’s really only been just over two weeks. Last night, I was trying to figure out exactly what’s made this particular postpartum period so much…less intense. Outside of obvious reasons. And you know what? A lot of it comes down to a good mentality.

When you’re positive, things kind of fall into place. I’m also working on a few things right now (I know, two weeks post-baby…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 5, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

This Should Be Harder, Right?

This Should Be Harder, Right?

Do you ever have those days where you just don’t know what you actually did? That’s kind of how I felt yesterday. I honestly don’t know where the hours went.

Suddenly, it was 8:30. My toddler was still up, because he wanted to cuddle with mama and baby Christopher while we watched a movie. And seriously, who can say no to that level of cuteness?

Once I got him to bed, I knew that I really needed to get some work done. But then, my little one…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 1, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

If You’re Suffering Through Toddler Sleep Regressions, I’m With You

A few weeks ago, Ricky went through a week or two of sleep regression. Every night, bedtime became a battle. Compared to our usual routine, this was tough. Every night, he cried and screamed until we would let him lay down in our bed. Which then became the goof around in mama and daddy’s bed hour. And then he’d go to bed, but wake up over and over and over again.

Patiently, we waited for his sleep to return to normal. And it did. But I have to say, I don’t know how parents with…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 10, 2015 at 10:29am — No Comments

Contractions Are So Mystifying.

At 11 last night, I awoke to a giant “thump” in the room next to ours. It was actually nothing out of the ordinary – just my two year old rolling around in his bed and hitting the wall. But as soon as I woke up, I realized I was having a contraction. A decent one! While laying down!

To be clear, I’ve been having contractions for a week and a half at this point. But they typically aren’t consistent when I’m laying down. So I was kind of surprised, but figured it was a one-off…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 8, 2015 at 11:49am — No Comments

36 Weeks Pregnant: Things Are Getting Serious

It’s so weird for me to say that we’re basically full term. I’m over 36 weeks and have been having (minor) contractions since last Friday. And at this point, if I go into labor, baby will come.

My mind and my body feel like they are in this weird state of anxiety over waiting for baby to arrive, plus shock over the fact that in a few weeks, my year and a half as a pregnant woman will come to an end.

I’m soaking up all of my “eat what I want while I’m pregnant” days that I still…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 4, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments

Finding Great Childcare Can Take a Little Work

Last night, my child decided that it was totally appropriate to climb on top of his mama’s head, sprawl out across her shoulders and demand that I get out of HIS spot on the couch. I don’t know where the kid comes up with this stuff.

The past two weeks have been such a whirlwind with my little guy. As you may have read, we didn’t have childcare for about a week and a half. Much as I love spending all of my time with my adorable two year old, it’s not super conducive to getting a lot…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 4, 2015 at 7:38am — No Comments

Trust Your Gut

I feel super behind, on everything. Last week, Rick and Ricky both got sick with a stomach bug. I thought I avoided it, but came down with a nasty case of it on Thursday. Ever the stomach flu at 34 weeks pregnant? It’s not easy, let me tell you.

We also had to fire our childcare provider last week. The combo of stomach bug recovery + playing catch up + trying to work a full week + caring for a 2 year old at the same time = chaos. I’ve been using my best multitasking skills, which have…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 4, 2015 at 7:35am — No Comments

The Toddler to Preschool Transition is Going Too Fast

Last night, I was trying to get Ricky into his jammies after bath time. Content to run around in just his diaper, he was so not interested. Finally, I got him up on his bed and used my stern mommy voice to say, “Ricky. We need to get your jammies on. Knock it off.”

And do you know what my sweet little baby did? He looked at me with a very serious face and said, “NO. YOU knock it off mama. Knock it off!” And then he gave me biggest smile, like he had just learned a new nursery rhyme…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 4, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: The Moment When You Realize You’ve Moved Forward

This weekend was amazing. The sun was out, the weather was warm. It was 70 degrees in March – that’s a regular old heatwave for Minnesota!

There’s this distinct smell that comes along with springtime in the frigid tundra. It kind of reminds me of Seattle after a big rainstorm – like a whiff of the coast is coming in with the wind. It’s glorious. It makes me want to pull out all of our patio furniture and start planting flowers.

Of course, it’s still only March, so we can’t go…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 17, 2015 at 10:40am — No Comments

That Heart Stopping Moment at an Ultrasound Appointment

I just stood in my kitchen, trying to figure out what I was going to tackle next, while eating spoonful after spoonful of frosting.

That’s totally normal when you’re pregnant, isn’t it?

This morning we had one of our weekly ultrasound dates (super romantic, right?) and then a non-stress test for the little guy. Lots of doctor appointments are par for the course when you’re pregnant after losing a baby.

We were sitting in the ultrasound room and everything was measuring…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 12, 2015 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Pregnancy After Stillbirth: How to Respond to Strangers Asking Questions

Last week, I was in a meeting with a client who asked about my blog. Specifically, what I write about. This has become a weird question for me since our loss, because I don’t know how to say that I write about baby loss without really going into detail. And that gets awkward, because it’s a highly emotional topic for a professional setting.

So instead of going into detail, I just include it in a list of topics that wind up on my little corner of the internet, hoping that they don’t…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 10, 2015 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Sometimes, You Have To Go With The Flow

Sometimes, it just feels like your world collides with something and everything just kind of…stops.

Last week, Lucy decided she was afraid of my laptop cord. So she pulled the whole charging port out of it. I thought, meh, no big deal. I figured we’d have to replace the laptop at the end of the year, so we’re just doing that a little early. I don’t use it a ton, anyway.

So I ordered a replacement, took the longer free shipping option, moved on.

And then I realized just…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 3, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

6 Tips for Feeding Toddlers Who Don’t Like Vegetables

There are few challenges in motherhood quite like feeding a toddler. Moving targets that, once you get them buckled in for meal time, spend more time playing with food than eating it. And what was a favorite meal last week is not allowed to touch their plate this week. Don’t even get me started on getting a toddler to eat their vegetables.

Somewhere between eating choo choo train spoonfuls of mashed avocados and puréed green beans and memorizing the alphabet, kids learn that chocolate…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 26, 2015 at 3:12pm — No Comments

The Third Trimester is Testing Me

Some days, I feel like the third trimester is a test of whether you’re ready to be a mom to a newborn. First, you stop sleeping. As in, you find that you can no longer sleep for longer than two to three hour intervals at a time without waking up. This is the first test, my friends: your body is preparing you for life with a baby outside the womb.

Then, your child begins to live in the same vicinity of your lungs. This means it takes approximately 4.2 minutes to regain your breath…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 23, 2015 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Smooth the Transition from One to Two Babies

“Mama, tha baby’s hidin in your belly button!”

Seriously, you guys. Is there anything better than the words that come out of a toddler’s mouth? It’s like, my favorite thing in the world.

Tonight I was sitting on the couch doing puzzles with the little man when I could suddenlysee the little one moving around in my tummy. Ricky thought it was the most amazing thing in the world.

For me, seeing the baby move – and not just feeling it – is like this confirmation that there…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Schedules, Processes, Timelines. It’s Time to Simplify.

My life is based on a schedule. Most days, everything I do feels like it has to happen at a very specific time in order for me to get everything done. That’s what happens when life gets busy – you figure out a way to adapt so that you can actually check everything off of your list. Because, mom life, right?

Of course, that schedule ebbs and flows every week. In the morning, I list out everything I need to accomplish today – even on the weekends. Then I strategize in my head how to get…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 16, 2015 at 5:19pm — No Comments

29 Weeks Pregnant: Goodbye Breathing Room

It’s that pregnancy moment of uncomfortable.

You know the one – where you’re sitting around and suddenly feel a random body part jammed up into your ribcage, rendering you barely able to breathe. And then you sit there in a haze of total uncomfy-ness, trying to make heads or tails of what you can focus on when you really can’t focus on anything, because there is a [insert body part] jammed into your lungs.

And then you read online: move around! It encourages the baby to…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 13, 2015 at 5:07pm — No Comments

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